CALGARY, Alta. – The three Canadian team rosters are set, and single-game tickets are now on sale for the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, coming up Oct. 30 to Nov. 7 in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C.
The Canadian players have been assigned to one of three teams – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White.
The three rosters include three players who were not part of the 66 players originally named on Oct. 9. Defencemen Jarrod Gourley, Alexander Krief and Elijah Roberts have been added as injury replacements, taking the place of Brady Lyle, Max Martin and Reilly Webb, who are unable to participate in the tournament.
The 66 players were selected by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canada's director of player personnel, together with Joël Bouchard, a member of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence management group, and regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Wade Klippenstein (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic) and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).
“We have three very competitive teams with plenty of talent, thanks to Ryan Jankowski, Joël Bouchard and all our regional scouts,” said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams. “This will be a tremendous experience for these players, who are putting on the Team Canada jersey for the first time in international competition. We know it will be special for them, and for the fans who will be out to cheer them on.”
The 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge brings together the top players in the world born in 1999 or later. The three Canadian teams will be joined by the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States, forming two groups of four teams. All eight teams will qualify for the quarter-finals, with the winners advancing to the semifinals, and losers facing off in placement games. The full schedule can be found here.
The 22-game tournament will officially kick off Nov. 1 at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek with Team Canada Black taking on Team Canada White, while Team Canada Red opens its tournament against Finland at the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John. Both cities will also host two pre-tournament games on Oct. 30.
Single-game tickets are now available for $10 for pre-tournament games, $15 for preliminary round, $20 for quarter-final and semifinal, and $25 for the bronze medal game and gold medal game. In addition to the single-game tickets, a limited number of ‘Family 4-Pack’ (pre-tournament and preliminary round) are also available, as well as evening packages. For more information on tickets and pricing, including how to purchase, CLICK HERE.
The gold-medal game is Saturday, Nov. 7 in Dawson Creek at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT, and will be shown on TSN and RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters, along with the bronze-medal game and the semifinal played in Dawson Creek. All other tournament games, including 12 preliminary-round games, four quarter-finals, two placement games and the semifinal played in Fort St. John, will be available live through FASTHockey webcasts at www.hockeycanada.ca/wu17.
Since the first World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (then known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,500 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 12 of the last 15 first-overall selections (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; Aaron Ekblad, 2014; Connor McDavid, 2015).
For more information on the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, visit www.hockeycanada.ca/wu17 or follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/worldu17 or www.twitter.com/hc_wu17.
NOTE TO MEDIA: CLICK HERE to apply for media accreditation to the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge; applications will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 23.